SANUKI KAGARI TEMARI
Preservation Association aims
to pass down and promote
the culture in Kagawa area.
The current leader of the Association, Eiko ARAKI, center in the photo, recalls her first encounter with TEMARI. “Yaeko ARAKI, my mother in law, would have so many bundles of colorful cotton threads beside her when she creates thread-balls. The beauty of cotton and its color, as I had never seen before, amazed me.”
“Back in the days, you would find a few TEMARIs in every home, especially around Kan-on-ji city that I grew up in. But somehow I never paid attention to it” Nevertheless, her interest in crafting something small had always been present as she used to get trained for metal chasing, as well. It helped Eiko to take up her path in thread-ball making quite naturally, and soon enough, she found herself deeply fascinated by it.
After relocation of our office from Kan-on-ji to Takamatsu, the current Association now consists of management staff, instructors, and approximately 150 staff engaged in making thread-balls. Our common aim is to pass down SANUKI KAGARI TEMARI culture and techniques as well as promoting it. Most of our staff are local, female, who are simply drawn to the beauty of cotton thread-balls and fun of crafting. In our studio, each staff is trained properly for dying to actual embroidering in order to meet the desirable level of craftsmanship. One of the most enjoyable moments would be to think of combinations of colors and patterns, which are infinite, with beautiful cotton threads in our hand.
“Just like my thread-balls would somehow look different to the ones of my mother-in-law, each TEMARI reflects the craftsmanship and sense of beauty of the person who made it. And that is the fun part.”
It is also to be noted, Eiko continues, that there are many layers of works that are necessary to create one TEMARI; dying threads, preparing them, and making bases are all part of it. Therefore, one TEMARI is a reflection of a collective work of everyone involved in the process, including the embroiderer.
Each TEMARI is delivered to our customers with hand-made special wrapping, which is a way for us to show gratitude. We hope to deliver joy and happiness together with our TEMARI.